First, I want to say that Miss Hammurabi is a lovely show and really only got dropped due to the World Cup putting us waaaaay behind schedule. I blame it on our soccer loving souls. The rest of the shows just didn’t really cut it for us which we’ll get into below. (Our newly established criteria for dropping shows is way at the bottom!)
Sketch started out pumping but ended up all sorts of wrong for us. We knew we were probably going to drop it after the first episode, though we gave it four episodes to really decide if it was right or wrong for us (My Ajusshi didn’t really start off on the right foot with us either and ended up being my drama of the year so far).
The first thing that really turned me off was the icky sexual predators and the graphic detail the show used to illustrate just how icky and gross the predators were. I really did not want to watch that every week so I was initially hoping that this was just an initial criminal that would dissapear later. Unfortunately, these criminals didnt’ dissapear quickly enough for me. Plus, more icky criminals were introduced which made me think this is just going to be a show full of despair.
There were other things that made us scratch (or shake) or heads. For instance, This show dwells a lot on the emotional side and not everything makes sense. Like with DS popping his thumb out of the socket in order to escape from the hand cuffs, but then SH shows up right at that moment. She could have released him from the handcuffs had she gotten there 2 seconds earlier. As a viewer, this doesn’t feel satisfying. It feels more like that would belong in a comedy.
It also doesn’t make sense that SH is driving directly after waking up from a coma. Girl, that’s dangerous and maybe not possible. The crying scenes were so long. It was actually a nice break for me because I could sit back and drink some tea. The fight scenes were super long as well, well choreographed, but loooooooong. There were also lots of mini flashbacks as if they don’t believe the viewer remembers what was said earlier in the episode so they have to remind us 3-4 times.
In addition, there are dozens of sketches. So instead of one sketch containing all the information, they have like 5+ per case. This made the sketches into more of a crutch than something interesting.
So for those reasons, and probably a few others I’m not mentioning, we dropped it.
Undateables is actually not that bad. It mostly got dropped because it wasn’t captivating enough to watch the next episode and the last episode we recapped ended on a WTF where the main guy made a bet to get the girl to fall in love with him and then dump her. It came out of nowhere and was a big roll-your-eyes moment for me.
If you like fluffy shows with over the top heroines, then this show is for you.
As mentioned earlier, Miss Hammurabi is lovely, the actors are wonderful and I actually recommend watching it if you get the chance. This show only got dropped due to time + World Cup.
We were already stretched too thin on Monday’s and Tuesdays but squeezed in Miss Hammurabi because it looked all sorts of cute and lived up to that hype. But 4 shows is really too much for us in one day and on top of that, we spent the day watching the World Cup instead of recapping it. (If a show can not pull us away from whatever we are doing, then it is a sign that it might get dropped)
This show was good though, the only negative I have is that some of the episodes ended heavy handed on the emotional side. Seriously, the entire episode would be fine but then end on buckets of tears as if their entire goal is to wring you dry.
Despite that, this one is definitely a recommend.
CRITERIA FOR DROPPING SHOWS
Our newly established criteria created after recapping dozens of shows! Are you ready for it?
So the gist of it is that we try to cover at least the first two episodes of all shows coming out. Emphasis on try. But we can only handle 3 shows a day so if we don’t really feel a show then we’ll end up dropping it.
HOWEVER, if we don’t feel a show, but there is a good amount of audience engagement/discussion in the comments, then we’ll consider keeping it on our recap list. Mostly because I know how it feels to watch raw and not know what is going on until subs come out. (I must now RIGHT NOW. I’m impatient like that, hence live recaps.)
But if we truly truly cannot stand a show, then we will probably drop it and scream, I rebuke you! Some shows are like that y’all.